Saturday, November 27, 2021

Multiple Mock Drafts Project Northern Iowa Lineman to Ravens

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After trading off Orlando Brown, Jr. in the off-season and losing Ronnie Stanley for the second year in a row, the Baltimore Ravens are likely looking to add offensive tackle talent over the next year.

Oliver Hodgkinson of the Pro Football Network predicted the Ravens would select Trevor Penning of the University of Northern Iowa as their offensive tackle to bolster their offensive line.

Veteran Alejandro Villanueva has done well on the left tackle and Patrick Mekari has done an impressive job on the right tackle, but none of the players plan to be long-term starters in Baltimore. Stanley’s status as a franchise linker Tackle is in doubt after the ankle injury that ended his 2020 season failed to properly heal and knocked him out for that year as well.

As a result, offensive tackle is the Ravens’ most pressing need, though their aging inner line of defense could use an infusion of youth as well.

Hodgkinson believes Penning could be the answer for Baltimore, and wrote yesterday:

The highlights live up to the hype, with Penning repeatedly destroying opposing defenders and also smashing them into the lawn.

The Ravens have shown an affinity for massive offensive linemen over the years, most recently drafting 6-foot-6,357-pound Georgia-based Ben Cleveland in the third round of this year’s draft.

Hodgkinson continued:

With all the uncertainty about Stanley’s future, the Ravens must find another long-term offensive to protect star quarterback Lamar Jackson. If Stanley can get back to his all-pro form, Penning wouldn’t be eliminated. He can switch to the right tackle and turn the Ravens offensive from weakness to strength.

This isn’t the first time Penning has been mentioned as a potential target for the Ravens.

Predicted Penning would turn into a raven in early November, Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus wrote:

However, it is unclear whether the Ravens will even stand a chance at the Northern Iowa Panther, as he has advanced on several big boards with a strong season so far. Penning is number eight for The Athletic in their most recent rankings and belongs to an extremely talented class of offensive tackles.

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